Introduction: Physics and Duns Scotus

Richard Cross

in The Physics of Duns Scotus

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269748
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683787 | DOI:
Introduction: Physics and Duns                         Scotus

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This chapter introduces the central concepts in Duns Scotus's natural philosophy and physics. One of them is his theory of individuation, where each individual has a own non-repeatable property called ‘haeccecity’. Almost as famous as this theory is his defence of what philosophers call ‘contra-causal’ freedom, freedom to bring about ‘not-a’ even if all the conditions are necessary for bringing about ‘a’. The chapter offers historical, philosophical, and theological reasons for examining Scotus's physics. It also cites his theological theories — divine timelessness, angels and the human soul, grace, the Incarnation, the Immaculate Concepcion, and transubstantiation. Lastly, it provides a brief outline of the topics discussed in the chapters that follow.

Keywords: individuation; haeccecity; Scotus; contra-causal freedom; theological theory; Scotus's physics

Chapter.  5485 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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